The Hawaii State Teachers Association endorsed Sen. Dan Akaka for U.S. Senate this week.
Akaka is being challenged by Ed Case, D-2nd District, Hawai‘i.
Akaka expressed his appreciation for the vote of confidence from Hawai‘i’s teachers, and promised to continue his strong support of teachers, schools and education in the state and to represent their interests and the interests of their students in Washington, D.C.
“As a former teacher, vice principal and principal, I know first-hand the challenges that face our teachers,” Akaka said in a press release. “They not only have one of the toughest jobs in our community, but also one of the most important. They need the support of all of us, and it gives me a great deal of personal satisfaction to do my part in helping them prepare our students to meet the challenges of the future.”
Akaka, during his time in the Senate, has fought aggressively for increases in education funding for programs such as the No Child Left Behind Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Head Start, higher education programs such as TRIO and GEAR UP, career and technical programs, and Safe and Drug Free Schools.
In addition, Akaka has reintroduced the Homeland Security Education Act (S. 2450), cosponsored by senators Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., to ensure the national security and competitiveness of the United States. The measure seeks to do this by increasing the quantity, diversity and quality of teaching in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and foreign languages.